September, 2016

Keep Your Costs Down – Get Those Leaky Windows in Shape!

Posted on: September 15th, 2016 by townAdmin


You may be thinking – wow, what a hot summer we just completed. The heat and humidity were really something and I cannot imagine the cold drafts of winter being anywhere around the corner. Although this may be true to a certain extent, it is also a fact that cold air will once again be in our forecast in the not too distant future. It happens every year, right?

So instead of waiting until the last minute, right now is the best time to think about getting your windows free of leaky drafts before you have your house filled with Thanksgiving or Christmas guests. (Remember, the only cold drafts your guests want to speak of are mugs of holiday brew)!  In fact, it has been estimated that on average, 10 to 25 percent of a home's heat escapes through its windows. So by repairing these leaks, not only will you and yours be able to live in comfort but you will also be able to reap the savings to your fuel bill.

In many instances some of this work can be completed fairly easily by purchasing some caulk and weather stripping from your local hardware store.  A stiff bladed putty knife can be used to remove peeled paint from around the outside frame of your window. Then just dip a scrub brush in some soapy warm water, apply to the surface and dry with a cloth.

You will then want to dabble some fresh caulk around the outside of the window, making sure to create a continuous wind-blocking seal between the window frame and any siding. Always make sure the caulk is intended for the exterior surface of the window before using. Then go inside and use your weather stripping to seal up the window around the sash. When completed, this simple procedure should go a long way in eliminating any drafts and keeping your home very comfortable.

Of course there are times when we cannot do the work ourselves due to time constraints or other issues. If this is your situation and you reside in the Chicago area, Town and Country Window Cleaning is there to help. They will fix or replace any nagging window problems that you may have and make sure your home is ready for winter. Call Town and Country today at 847-256-5140